[DWJ] Pullman v Narnia (was Re:Farah Mendlesohn's book - blatant commercial plug)

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Tue Sep 12 16:22:20 EDT 2006

>(Hey, I'm biased about some of his views anyway: you should have heard him
>on the subject of texts in Old and Middle English.  He said they have
>nothing at all to say except that blokes bash each other with axes and then
>get drunk and boast about it in the mead-hall afterwards.  I washed my
>hands... and went away and re-read Wiglaf's comments on the boasts one
>might utter in the mead-hall, and how one really ought to live up to them.)
This made me laugh. I'm teaching Beowulf this week, and all the 
mild-mannered Canadian students are all shocked and appalled by the 
unseemly boasting.


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